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This was an easy trail with wonderful access over the Labor Day holiday. There were limited groups encountered on this hike and it was pet friendly. At the mid point our kids enjoyed the beach and playing in the water.

hiking
22 days ago

This is more advice than a review. Some video clips from my hike are linked here https://youtu.be/7kwPMPY_dXc

The access road was closed and there was a no parking sign at the gate. Parking on route 3 is probably your best bet although they didn't ticket or tow me for parking to the left of the gate.

The trail starts 1.6 miles from the gate ... some kids I ran into swore it they added some distance to the road on the way back :)

The trail isn't all that well marked, or the blazes may have been covered in snow I'm not entirely sure which. I ended up following bad advice and crossed the river at about 1.5 miles in from the trailhead (you can see this on the gpx recording I uploaded) ..this was unnecessary and a bit of a challenge due to the snow and unstable ice) It also caused me so take "the old trail" which was somewhat of a bushwhack for about 1 mile. Then another river crossing to reconnect to the trail.

There is a blue blaze that you have to make a right turn at to stay on "the new trail" ... this was impossible to know given the conditions. I recommend checking your location on a GPS at this point if you have one. DON'T cross the river.

From here the hike is a gradual ascent. Even in heavy snow it wasn't too challenging until about 1 mile from the hut. In the deep deep snow it became a real challenge even in snow shoes. From the hut you have about half a mile to the summit. The snow was so deep it basically was just a wall to the summit. Dig the tip of the snowshoe into the snow, hope it would grab, step up, repeat. it was a long half a mile. In summer conditions it would be a breeze.

Overall the hike is easy (most of the year) the best view is at the hut and overlook just before the summit. The summit is marked by a cairn in the trees.

trail running
1 month ago

Very nice trail, we hit the snow very soon at the beginning. We saw a fresh big bear tracks at 300 meter before to get the shelter.

This is a pleasant 3.5 mile round trip hike. My friend and I had some trouble following the trail due to the leaves and the intermittent trail markers but we made it! The views are really nice, and the top is a nice rock slab that is perfect for a summit snack! It was rather slippery so proper shoes are essential!

hiking
1 month ago

Pretty great little hike! The trail was fairly well marked but for the most part it just winds along a dried up stream bed so it’s not too difficult to follow; just keep going straight and you’re bound to see the next marker. The trail wasn’t too steep until we started nearing the top. Views were great once we reached the summit. I’ve done both the Indian Head trail and Mount Pemigwasset trail so you can’t go wrong with either.

Hiked this Oct 16, 2018. Definitely worth the hike! Very muddy and had to cross the waterfalls twice (had to take my shoes off on the way up, figured it out on the way down) definitely NEED boots to make this. You’ll slip in sneakers. Only a few steep areas closer to Lonesome, otherwise very steady incline and fair to my knees on the way down. Lonesome was very cold so pack some winter gear for when you’re trying to enjoy the views :)

hiking
1 month ago

Nice, easy little hike; beautiful boulder small-waterfall section at the end with a nice little swimming hole.

Mid-October was a great time to view the lakes and fall foliage. No flies, mosquitoes, or ticks. Overcast skies, but soothing vistas of the ponds. Fresh air - easy walk.

first two miles flat and good footing. next mile is lots of stepping stones and really muddy with gradual incline. next 1.7 miles are steeper with wet conditions.

Definitely a moderate- hard trail for beginner hikers. Parked at the basin and followed the blue trail for about 1.4 miles up to the river (Bridge is down so be careful crossing) There were a lot of roots and wet rocks along the way, be careful! Had a 1yr old black lab who had some difficulty crossing the river with the running waters but we got him across. Once you reach the river, cross and then follow the white marks up to lonesome lake (it’s about 1.3 miles up after crossing the river). Pretty strenuous getting up there, lots of rocks and wet bridges. We only made it halfway up to lonesome lake before having to turn due to time (didn’t want to be lost in the woods after dark!) we’ll have to come back and try again!

Awesome trail with with gorgeous scenery. We parked at the Basin and followed the blue trail (I think it was the Pemi trail) along the rocky river and stream. We crossed a river and we headed up the white trail where it took us towards Lonesome lake. The 0.8 mike stretch to the lake was strenuous (I’m not in that great of shape), lots of rocks, mud, and water. Definitely bring a good pair of boots...gym sneakers won’t cut it. Once at the lake the trees were beautiful and we had a picnic lunch. We took the descent via the yellow trail down to Lafayette campground and followed the bike path back to the Basin. Banged out almost 9 miles! Would definitely do this trail again. Highly recommend!

2 months ago

Had trouble following the trail about halfway up, luckily we found our way using the all trails app. The trails were wet and muddy but the views exceeded by expectations.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail is marked by yellow and we didn’t have trouble following the markings as mentioned by others. Great trail for summit views and if you get off the trail slightly and walk close to the stream. There are places that were a little muddy but it was easy to navigate around them. The last third of the trail is steeper but not dangerous. This trail joins the Mount Pemigewasset trail at the top (blue markings). We took a lot of stops for pictures and did this in about 3.5 hours, it could easily be done in 2.5.

on Whitehouse Trail

hiking
2 months ago

Great Starter trail ... Amazing river setting with waterfall on the trail

After you cross the river for the second time, the blue dot to lead your way is no longer there but the path is pretty obvious where to go. Muddy in spots. Crossing the river can be difficult depending how high the water is as there is no bridge. The view of the lake is beautiful but a long hike for a small lake. Still worth the trip.

Excellent parking situation even on a very busy Saturday when all other popular spots in the Notch are overflowing into the shoulders of I93. This trail is nothing too special but does offer an easy trail walk with nice access points to Profile lake to watch fish and put your feet in with good views of mtns opposite. Would recommend pairing this walk with the short trail down to the Old Man profile viewing area which originates from the same parking lot and has lots of literature and two exhibits. Bathrooms available on site too.

3 months ago

Very beautiful hike as you’re next to the waterfalls for a good chunk of the time. Definitely very muddy and very rocky. I’d suggest bringing extra socks. I’m not an avid hiker at all but this was totally doable with my 6 and 8 year old nephews. We had a bunch of falls on the way down as it’s easy to catch your foot in the roots or slip on the rocks.

The trails weren’t very well marked, especially when having to cross the river a couple times. Download this map or use GPS for sure.

Lonesome Lake at the top was stunningly beautiful. Please don’t feed the ducks, though! People are clearly feeding them, because they swim right up to you. The hut was nice at the top but they don’t serve hot food until dinner time.

I’d recommend this to anyone. Bring your trekking poles and good, sturdy boots.

I loved this trail. I came back to New Hampshire for Labor Day after leaving in early 2017. I didn't have a lot of time so I finally decided on this one. Some of the markings on the trail can be a little confusing. At one point I ended up about 0.5 miles off course but got back on pretty fast. The river crossings weren't bad at all when I was there though I'd suggest packing some water shoes. The hut was super cool. I will say that I think a lot of people underestimated the trail. I'd get an early start and bring proper gear. I saw large families getting started when I finished, some wearing flip flops and being unprepared. If you go around lonesome lake I believe it was an extra 0.8 miles (or 1.6, I can't remember).

hiking
3 months ago

Excellent location to hike up from Indian Head Resort. Parking at Trailhead was open, but if staying at the resort, a 30 sec bushwack from the condos (right behind the playground) will take you to the trail. Trail was muddy in spots but passable. No bugs and great views south down Franconia Notch overlooking Lincoln. Plan a couple hours round trip.

So much road noise and parts of the trail at the beginning are in need of repair.

hiking
3 months ago

Difficult climb because of the size of the rocks on the trail (boulders). The rain made it slippery as well. Only a few view points on the trail but the Gale River and surrounding forest were beautiful. I hiked to Galehead Hut with my 5 and 11 year old grandchildren. The kids loved the challenge and staying at the hut. The croo were fantastic as was the food. Awesome experience for my little family...One that the kids will not soon forget. Great but challenging trek!

hiking
4 months ago

Loved it! 10/10 would recommend. Brought my girlfriend on her first "hike" / nature walk and it was fantastic. Super easy and beautiful. Might be a little boring for an advanced hiker who is looking for a little more adventure.

Great place to hike , gets a bit steep like an intense stair master lol . Took my dog and we both really enjoyed it

Great hike that had a roaring waterfall most of the trail. Lots of mud and fairly wet given the rain the past few days. Don't let that stop your adventure the views at the top are worth every step.

Trail is nice but completely impassable due to swarms of black flies. We entered as part of a 13 mile run and probably set a PR for 5k trying to get out of there as quick as possible. Completely miserable experience. Should have listened to the other two previous reviews.

Awesome

hiking
4 months ago

Nice quiet trial up to the hut, busier to the summit. Plenty hard enough for me!

The Cascade Brook was a great trail! The view from the lake was spectacular!! I’d have preferred to have hiked the Basin Trail up or down and used the Cascade Brook to make it a loop (instead of Cascade to Lonesome Lake). The Pemi Trail to and from the Basin Parking Lot wasn’t as well maintained, which was fine, but it was close to the interstate so that made for a less enjoyable section of the hike. Overall, great views with lots of swimming holes plus plus an AMC hit at the lake.

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